Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser comes from a book called Newport by Jill Morrow, which I am just starting to read.

Pg. 3
Jim glumly flicked his ashes into the bay. He himself never quite fit anywhere. He was a perennial fish out of water, getting by through the sheer power of his mind.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

Last week I received one book in my mailbox, courtesy of Meantime books.

It's called Prisoner of the DeVil  by Michael Hardwick with Simon Haugh

The bestselling chronicle of Sherlock Holme's greatest challenge.

What did you receive?

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

My word today comes from the book, Orphan #8.

Coolidge tube- is named after President Calvin Coolidge. It is an x-ray tube in which the cathode consists of a tungston wire spiral surrounded by a focusing cup.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser today comes from the book:  Orphan #8   By Kim van Alkemade

pg. 126

"I'll show you your beds,"she said, her words muffled by the bread in her mouth. One hundred iron bed frames stretched along the sides and down the middle of the dormitory.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Mailbox Box Monday

Mailbox Monday

I had a full mailbox last week, I received :


Orphan #8 by Kim van Alkemade

Newport by Jill Morrow

Unprocessed by Megan Kimble

A Hot Glue Gun Mess  by Mr. Kate

Not Black and White  by G.A. Beller

What goodies did you receive?





Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Here are two words I came across:

Tonsure- Is the practice of cutting or shaving some or all of the hair on the scalp, as a sign of religious devotion or humility.

Tragedian- is a person who writes tragedies , also an actor who plays tragic roles.


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser today comes from the book, I am still reading:  A Burnable Book  by Bruce Holsinger

Pg.
The clerk's voice was stiff, too proper even for a Guildhall man.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Lesley A. Diehl - A Sporting Murder - Review & Giveaway



About the Book

It's smooth sailing for Eve Appel and her friend Madeleine, owners of Second to None Consignment Shop in rural Florida's Sabal Bay, land of swamps, cowboys, and lots and lots of 'gators. Eve and her detective boyfriend Alex have joined Madeleine and her new beau David Wilson for a pleasure cruise on his boat. But cloudy, dangerous waters lie ahead. A near fatal encounter with Blake Reed, David's supremely nasty neighbor, is soon followed by a shooting death on the dividing line between David and Blake's land. Both men run sport-hunting reserves, but Blake imports "exotics" from Africa and promotes gator killing, while David stays within the law, pointing clients toward the abundant quail and turkey as well as the wild pigs that ravage the landscape. Nevertheless, when a mutual client is killed, it is David who is arrested and charged with murder.

Blake's nastiness is only exceeded by that of his wife, Elvira, who forces Eve and Madeleine out of their shop, intending to replace it with a consignment shop of her own. It seems that bad luck looms over them all, even Eve's brawny and hard-to-resist Miccosukee Indian friend Sammy, whose nephew has disappeared. As the case against David grows stronger and his friends' misfortunes multiply, Eve and her strange and diverse group of friends, including her ex, a mobster, her grandma, and Sammy's extended family, band together to take on the bad guys. But the waters are getting muddier and more troubled, and Eve and Madeleine may end up inundated in every sense of the word.


My Review

What a fun summer read!

Eve and Madeleine are two women out to solve crimes in the swampy backwater region of Florida. But since they make a living peddling designer duds out of a rolling Winnebago, they're damn well going to look good doing it.

It turns out a client is killed on the grounds of Madeleine's boyfriend's hunting ranch, and Eve's PI boyfriend would like it if these two amateurs stayed out of the investigation. But their handsome Native American friend/warrior air boat captain, Sammy, doesn't care if they get involved and actively seeks their help when he too gets drawn into the snare of the killer.

It's a type of mystery that's not too complex but it keeps you wanting to turn the page and read on. Eve and Madeleine are the main characters and their boyfriends move in and out of the picture without much romantic involvement. The secondary characters—the mobster backer, the card shark grandma, the bumbling ex-husband—are the ones who provide the boost to propel the story along with wit and flare.

It's heavily hinted at that Eve and Sammy may pursue their growing mutual attraction to each other in a future installment and I have to say that I'd read the next one just to see what happens between them.

And to see where the consignment-shop-on-wheels ends up next.

***

A Sporting Murder can be purchased at:
Amazon
Barnes and Noble

Formats/Prices: $4.95 ebook, $13.95 paperback
Genres: Cozy Murder Mystery
Pages: 250
Release: July 15, 2015
Publisher: Camel Press
ISBN: 9781603819398
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About the Author

Lesley retired from her life as a professor of psychology and reclaimed her country roots by moving to a small cottage in the Butternut River Valley in upstate New York. In the winter she migrates to old Florida—cowboys, scrub palmetto, and open fields of grazing cattle, a place where spurs still jingle in the post office, and gators make golf a contact sport. Back north, the shy ghost inhabiting the cottage serves as her literary muse. When not writing, she gardens, cooks and renovates the 1874 cottage with the help of her husband, two cats and, of course, Fred the ghost, who gives artistic direction to their work.

She is the author of a number of mystery series and mysteries as well as short stories. A Sporting Murder follows the first two books in the Eve Appel mystery series, A Secondhand Murder and Dead in the Water.

Links to connect with Lesley:
Web Site
Facebook
Twitter
Goodreads
Blog
Blog Tour Site


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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

My words are taken from a book I am currently reading called:   A Burnable Book

Puerile-  Childishly silly and trivial.

Elegiacs- refers to compositions that are specific to Greek and Latin poetry.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser today comes from the book:

A Burnable Book   by  Bruce Holsinger

    London 1385, Surrounded by ruthless courtiers. A burnable book, a seditious work that threatens the stability of the realm.

pg. 133
     Simon was filthy, his clothes torn, his flesh reeking of ale.He looked up. His face was an utter mess. "I killed him, Father. and....there's more."

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Kathleen M. Rodgers - Johnnie Come Lately - Review & Giveaway



About the Book

Would life have been different for Johnnie if she'd been named after a woman rather than her dead uncle? Or if her mama hadn't been quite so beautiful or flighty? The grandparents who raised her were loving, but they didn't understand the turmoil roiling within her. And they had so many, many secrets.

Why did her mama leave? Would she ever return? How did her Uncle Johnny really die? Who was her father? Now Johnnie Kitchen is a 43-year-old woman with three beautiful children, two of them grown. She has a handsome, hardworking husband who adores her, and they live in the historic North Texas town of Portion in a charming bungalow. But she never finished college and her only creative outlet is a journal of letters addressed to both the living and the dead. Although she has conquered the bulimia that almost killed her, Johnnie can never let down her guard, lest the old demons return. Or perhaps they never went away to begin with. For Johnnie has secrets of her own, and her worst fear is that the life she's always wanted--the one where she gets to pursue her own dreams--will never begin.

Not until her ghosts reveal themselves.


My Review

Johnnie Kitchen, a forty-three-year-old mother of three, is named after her uncle, an uncle who died a mysterious death that caused her mother to run off when she was very young, leaving her behind to be raised by her grandparents.

Now Johnnie is seeking to find the answers to the many secrets that are bothering her. Her anxieties even trigger a case of bulimia, but with her husband's love and guidance she realizes that her disease is going to be a lifelong struggle and she learns how to cope with it.

I admire her, as a character, for having so much hope and optimism, considering all that she's going through—the return of her mother, her son signing up for the Army against her wishes, a rift with her beloved husband, a teenage daughter with a troublesome boyfriend, a grandmother in the hospital, a neighbor consumed with grief. The list goes on and on.

That's why this novel is definitely a page turner that will keep you interested in what happens to Johnnie all the way to the end.

***

Johnnie Come Lately can be purchased at:
Amazon
Barnes and Noble
BAM

Special $2.99 ebook sale!
now through July 31, 2015

Formats/Prices: $4.95 ebook, $9.75 paperback
Genres: Military Family, Women's Fiction, Literary Fiction
Pages: 292
Release: February 1, 2015
Publisher: Camel Press
ISBN: 9781603812153
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About the Author

Award-winning author Kathleen M. Rodgers is a former frequent contributor to Family Circle magazine and Military Times. Her work has also appeared in anthologies published by McGraw-Hill, University of Nebraska Press/Potomac Books, Health Communications, Inc., AMG Publishers, and Press 53. She is the author of the award-winning novel, The Final Salute, featured in USA Today, The Associated Press, and Military Times. Deer Hawk Publications reissued the novel in e-book and paperback September of 2014.

Her second novel, Johnnie Come Lately, released from Camel Press February 1, 2015. Barnes and Noble in Southlake, TX hosted the official launch on February 7, and Kathleen signed copies of both novels for three hours straight. In 2014, she was named a Distinguished Alumna from Tarrant County College/NE Campus.

She is the mother of two grown sons, Thomas, a graduate of University of North Texas and a working artist in Denton, TX, and J.P., a graduate of Texas Tech University and a former Army officer who earned a Bronze Star in 2014 in Afghanistan. Kathleen’s husband, Tom, is a retired fighter pilot/commercial airline pilot, and they reside in Colleyville, TX with their rescue dog, Denton. Kathleen is working on a new novel titled Seven Wings to Glory and is represented by Loiacono Literary Agency.

Links to connect with Kathleen:
Web Site
Facebook
Twitter
Goodreads
Blog
Blog Tour Site


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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Here are a few interesting words I came across.

1. excoriate-  To express strong disapproval of.

2. termagant- is a scolding, nagging bad-tempered woman.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Teaser Tuesday

Teaser Tuesday

My teaser is from the book I just started called:   His Name Was Ben  by Paulette Mahurin

Pg. 17

There was something about his voice that spread through her body like food, energizing her. God, he is gorgeous.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Mailbox Monday

Mailbox Monday

Still waiting for new books to come in, what did you receive?

Starting to read:  His Name Was Ben  by Paulette Mahurin

Hearing the words "it's cancer" threw Sara Phillips' life into chaos, until an unexpected turn of events and a chance encounter with a stranger changed everything-his name was Ben.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Wondrous Words Wednesday

Wondrous Words Wednesday

My words are from a book I am currently reading called:  A Head Full Of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay

1. gulag- a system of labor camps maintained in the former Soviet Union from 1930 to 1955 in which many people died.

2. penultimate- last but one in a series of things; second to the last.

3. sundering- to break
or cause to break apart or in pieces.